Hauntingly Halloween Cocktails

Whether it’s ghosts giving you chills or a bartender serving you chilled drinks, everyone has their own pick of activities to celebrate Halloween. For those of you staying in and putting on the costume of bartender, it’s fun to have a list of themed beverages to set the holiday mood. The following collection of themed sweet and spooky cocktails is sure to provide some adult treats. (The tricks you’ll have to come up with yourselves.)

If you’re searching for a particular spirit, here’s an index to help you find your pick of poison.
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Don’t see any cocktails you like? Can’t find what you want to drink? Comment below so we can find something to suit your cocktail preferences!

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Fun and Delicious Easter Cocktail Ideas

The weather is finally getting warmer, the birds are chirping and the trees are blossoming. The grass is green, the sun is shining brightly and it’s as if the whole world is saying: spring has finally come. Spring is here, and with it soon will come a favorite springtime holiday – Easter. To celebrate, consider sipping some fun and delicious Easter cocktails with family and friends!

Whether you’re relaxing with friends while the kids are out hunting for Easter eggs, having an Easter brunch or dinner, or if you decided to go celebrating with family or friends, there is no better way for you and your loved ones to commemorate this special day than with some delicious, refreshing and fun Easter cocktails. Mixing your own cocktails is always fun and easy to do ,and you can always add something new to spice up the flavor. On several occasions, we tried to help you with some of our Easter cocktail ideas, and this year we are back with lots of new and interesting recipes you’ll definitely be needing for a refreshing Easter drink. For teens and designated drivers, we have a whole array of tasty non-alcoholic Easter beverages that will look and taste just like the real thing. Take out your cocktail mixing equipment and read carefully because here we go!

Easter Cocktail Ideas – Fun and Beautiful!

Peep-tini

This is a really special Easter cocktail – it’s both yummy and insanely refreshing and just the thing you need to help you relax.

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1 ½ oz. Sobieski Lemon Meringue Vodka
½ oz. white chocolate liquor
1 oz. cream
Sugar
Peep for garnish

How to:

Dip rim of chilled martini glass into sugar to coat.  Add Sobieski Lemon Meringue Vodka, white chocolate liquor and cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into sugar coated martini glass.  Garnish with a Peep and serve.

 

Spring Fling

Looks stylish and elegant, tastes heavenly and is the hit at any cocktail party. Definitely one of our favorites!

 image002Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. CAMUS VS Elegance
¼ oz. pomegranate syrup
1 oz. cranberry juice
3 fresh strawberries
red rose for garnish

How to:

Muddle strawberries and liquids in a shaker tin. Fill shaker with ice cubes, and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a rose.

 

Bunny’s Tail

Ingredients:       image003

1 ½ oz. Lucid Absinthe
½ oz. orange flower water
1 tsp. white or clear crème de menthe
1 large egg white
Ice

How to:

In a cocktail shaker, combine the ingredients and shake vigorously until frothy and well blended. Strain into a tall chilled cocktail glass and serve.

 


Mimosa MistMimosa Mist  

Ingredients:    

1½ ounces Florida orange juice
5 raspberries
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup*
Ice
Champagne

How to:

Muddle raspberries in cocktail shaker; add Florida orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice. Shake and strain into champagne flute; top with chilled champagne. Garnish with Florida orange twist and raspberry.

*For Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water in saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely and refrigerate in covered container for up to 1 month.

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Delicious and Fun St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Ideas

It’s March already, and we are only days away from our favorite holiday of the season – Saint Patrick’s day. March 17th is the day when the whole world becomes Irish! Cities are overwhelmed with green hats, clover T-shirts, the aroma of corned beef and cabbage, and gallons of good ol’ dark Guinness are enjoyed while singing to “The Irish Rover” by The Dubliners. It’s safe to say that St. Pat’s isthe day for drinking, fun, and merriment

If beer isn’t your deal, you have a huge variety of cocktails and shooters to enjoy. If you liked our earlier article about fun and tasty cocktail ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, then you should also enjoy these new and interesting St. Patty’s cocktail ideas that are easy to whip up and absolutely delicious to drink. Whether you’re staying at home with your friends and family or going out to a bar or a club,  you should definitely have a drink or two to relax and unwind, and with these fun St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, you can celebrate with a festive Irish twist.

Green St. Patrick’s Day Themed cocktails 

Green hats, green T-shirts, green flags – why not green cocktails? Keep with the spirit of St Pat’s with some of these amazing cocktails:

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Emerald Crush
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka
  • 1/2 organic kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 organic lime, cut into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon organic sugar

How to:

Muddle fruit and sugar in a mixing glass until well crushed and juicy. Add ice and vodka and shake vigorously. Pour all contents over ice into a tall tumbler and drink with straws. This is a very special St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that will tingle your whole body and leave you asking for more.

 

Green Apple Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part apple juice
  • 1 part DeKuyper Sour Apple Schnapps

How to:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and serve. Simple as that!

 Refresh-ZING Shamrock

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  • 1.5 oz. ZING Vodka
  • 5 Cucumber chunks (approx 1 oz juice)
  • 1 Basil leaf
  • Splash Lime juice

 How to:·

Muddle cucumber and basil add ingredients and shake served Up. Garnish with a cucumber. Preferable Glass: Highball rocks or coupe.

image001Camarena Shamrock Shaker

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Sour Apple Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz Agave Nectar
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • Sliced Green Apples for Garnish

How to:

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fan of thinly sliced green apples.

Midori Sour 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz. whiskey sour mix
  • 2 oz. Sprite
  • 2 cherries

How to: 

Fill glass with ice cubes. Add Midori liqueur, sour mix and Sprite. Stir quickly. Add cherries as garnish.

Lemons, oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit make yummy beverage bases

These yummy cocktails are for those who prefer their drink with a fruity taste. Delicious and fun, they are very easy to prepare and will make your body feel fresh and elevated.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum
  • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce Vanilla Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Lemon Juice
  • Bar spoon of Brown Sugar
  • 2 ounces Brut Champagne

How to:

Combine brown sugar and liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker, no ice. Stir to dissolve brown sugar. Add ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Top with brut champagne.

Kiss Me I’m Irish image

Ingredients:

  • 50ml/2 oz Belvedere Vodka
  • Dash Elderflower Syrup
  • 3 chunks pink grapefruit

How to:

Muddle grapefruit with elderflower cordial. Add crushed ice and churn. Re top with crushed ice and garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge.

 

 image (1)The Lucky Charm

Ingredients:

  • 1.5  Belvedere Bloody Mary
  • 1 oz  Pineapple juice
  • ¼ oz Lemon juice
  • 2 bar spoons Rosemary syrup

How to:

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

 

Green Tea-ni Thyme 

  • 50ml/ 2 oz  Belvedere Lemon Tea  image (2)
  • 20ml/ ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • 20ml/ ¾ oz Green Tea Syrup
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

Gentle press thyme in base of shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard over ice. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

 

We hope you enjoy these fun Irish St. Patty’s Day cocktail ideas. Leave us a comment about your favorite one if you try them!

 

Decorating Ideas for Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving weekend nearly at the door, you’re probably frantically searching for ideas and tips on decorating your house or apartment for the upcoming festivities. You’re thinking of seating and table arrangements for the Thanksgiving dinner, making room for all the guests, decorations to make the place look not just presentable but amazing, what to cook, what to wear

Most if not all of us know just how hectic it can be to plan a memorable and successful event, much less a special holiday meal for the whole family and extended relatives. Sometimes everything comes together perfectly, sometimes nothing does. With this in mind, we would like to ask you to stop panicking, take a deep breath, and relax, because we are about to make your worries just a little bit lighter.

For this year’s decorating ideas, we have decided to concentrate on Feng Shui, the ancient art of decoration that is ofttimes incorporated for maximum positive energy and harmony in a living environment as well as great aesthetic appeal. To present you with the best possible advises and tips, we have taken the help of an expert, ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Andie Pearson, DMD, as well as some of our own smart ideas. With our help, Thanksgiving can be a fond memory instead of a traumatic experience!

Clean, clear, and analyze your environment

First things first – Get rid of the mess and clutter that is surrounding you and create space that will both make your home seem less crowded and more open and welcoming. “No matter what the occasion, the first step in Feng Shui is clearing clutter and cleaning the area,” says Pearson. Maybe you can fit a person or two more than you thought in your house, huh?

After you made your house spotless and created the extra space you’ll be needing, it’s time to start planning for the event. How many people are coming and who exactly will be there? What kind of a gathering are you having? “You need to decide on themes, purpose, how many people will be invited, who will be there, and what activities and foods will you have,” Pearson explains. “This should help you with the rest of your planning.”

When planning, you have to think on every guest’s personalities and preferences. If your  cousin Grace is bringing her three little children, make sure you have some room where they can play and keep all the grown-up stuff where they can’t reach things. If Uncle Bob really likes your brownies, try and find the time to bake them. You may have to put in a lot of effort to make everybody happy, but at least you know that it will pay off in the end.

Decorate with warm and relaxing colors, but keep it minimal

Since Thanksgiving is in the middle of fall, seasonal colors will feel best for this occasion. “Use goldenrod, earthy greens, tans, amber, deep rich reds or maroons, etc. You want a color scheme that will be both relaxing and welcoming. Fall and Thanksgiving colors lend themselves to this very well.”

Be careful though and try not to over-decorate. If you exaggerate, not only will your home look tacky, but it will also feel cluttered and crowded – and with all those people, you really don’t want that. “Flower arrangements on the table or throughout the room should be conservative and moderate to short. Anything big or tall will not allow for conversion across the table. Because people will be visiting and talking, music would be very nice, but needs to be low and soft so that it doesn’t compete with everyone there,” Pearson suggests.

It’s also advisable to use side lighting instead of overhead one. If you have table lamps or candles, consider lighting these up to create a warm, mellow atmosphere that is both relaxing and makes your guests feel right at home. A bright overhead light might make them anxious and this would seriously disrupt the positive environment you’re trying to create.

What kind of an event are you having?

file711289155461It’s very important to keep the traffic low, to avoid crowding as well as frustration and the anxiety that can come from that. Planning out the event thoroughly and systematically can be crucial for its success or failure. “Ask yourself – Are you having an actual sit down event, buffet, or cocktails with appetizers?”

“If you are having a formal dinner, have that room separate from the rest of the party, allowing the rest of the party area to be designated as the place for social gathering,” Pearson instructs. “For a buffet-style Thanksgiving, have an area for the food and a section for drinks,” she adds. “You will also need to have seating scattered about in organized fashion that doesn’t block flow of traffic. A Thanksgiving party that is just snacks, appetizers, and cocktails has a bit of free flow. You can arrange several areas for food and drinks scattered throughout the room so that people can stroll from place to place and socialize.”

These tips are very simple, yet they have the power to make your Thanksgiving party into a memorable experience. Still, no matter what you do, the most important thing is to enjoy and be thankful for the company you have around you and have a great time!

About the Expert:

Dr. Andie Pearson, DMD, is a practitioner at ChicagoHealers.com. She practices holistic dentistry, general dentistry, craniosacral therapy, body-based orthodontics, and dental homeopathy. For more information, please see http://holisticdentalchicago.com.

Thanksgiving Getaways and Travel Ideas

thanksgiving-getaway-ideasWhile it’s not for everyone, Thanksgiving getaways are a popular type of travel for many people. The extra day or two off from work for the holiday add to the vacation time when you travel for Turkey Day. Whether you want to spend the Thanksgiving weekend getaway with family or with friends or simply your significant other, you can find the perfect long weekend trip to celebrate the holiday.

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Where do you want to go? Is it going to be just you and the sweetheart, or are you taking the whole family with you? Are you thinking of isolated retreats or big cities? Are you packing bathing suits or skiis? Here are some of our ideas for the perfect Thanksgiving experience.

A Family Visit – Thanksgiving is not just stuffed turkey, pie, and cranberry sauce – it’s also about family. This is why lots of people want to spend their Thanksgiving with their families. If your family lives far away, consider going for a visit – a warm family gathering celebration might just be just the thing you need for a perfect Thanksgiving.

thanksgiving-turkey-fryResort Hideaway – Perfect for the lovebirds looking for some time alone for Thanksgiving, consider a romantic escape for just you two. Deep in the Smoky Mountains, the Blackberry Farm in Tennessee offers a relaxing atmosphere for the body and soul. The whole Thanksgiving week is full with activities, including a turkey fry, bonfires, apple pressing, and more. If you’re thinking more in terms of bathing suits and umbrella drinks, the Tropical Palm Resort is having an entire Thanksgiving weekend event, complete with a pie eating contest!

A Family Adventure – Take your spouse and kids and go on a fun Thanksgiving adventure! Consider thinking of California – San Diego’s Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo are all places where everyone can have fun on this very special day. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving at sea by taking a cruise with Disney Cruise Line. There’ll be a turkey dinner, themed dinners, and a lot more for the whole gang to enjoy.

file0001747233568An Urban Experience – The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York is an unforgettable experience. For 80 years, this parade is one of the biggest and greatest, and to be a part of it is truly a privilege. The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest of its kind in history and also one of the most beautiful. Enjoy this kind of Thanksgiving experience at least once in your lifetime!

A Ski Getaway – Since November isn’t peak season for skiing, you can get cheaper packages and lodging rates. If you think turkey is too conventional, you’ll be thrilled with The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition on Thanksgiving Day at Beaver Creek. If you’re interested in culture, be sure to visit the Thanksgiving Art Festival at Mammoth Mountain.

Since lots of other people will also be traveling for Thanksgiving weekend, you can easily find yourself in a tight spot. To avoid fully booked venues or flights, you should make your preparations and reservations at least a week or two ahead. You should also be prepared for more congested airports and heavier volume at the other forms of public transportation, such as buses, trains, and the subway. If you can plan your trip outside of the top travel days (typically the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week), you should spend less time waiting in line and on your commute. Give some advance thought to your travel plans for Thanksgiving and you should be in good shape!

Fun Ideas for Unisex Baby Showers

gender neutral baby shower themesBaby showers are traditionally quiet affairs with games, cake, and punch. But today moms want something more. Planning a baby shower for today’s moms-to-be requires a bit more creativity than in the past. Add the fact many parents want to wait to find out the sex of the baby and be surprised, and you can see the traditional blue or pink baby shower just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Here are some creative and fun ideas for unisex baby shower themes to help you plan the perfect party for your favorite mom-to-be.

Pamper Party
A pamper party is a great theme for treating the mother-to-be like a queen. For an intimate shower with just a few guests, especially for a mom having a second baby who might not have an all-out baby shower, consider booking a day at the spa and so everyone can get mani / pedis and massages. You can ask the salon to set up refreshments or provide your own. The spa may also have a private room where you and your friends can enjoy the day in peace and quiet so everyone can have fun and relax. Most spas have packages for parties, so check around your area to find one you can host a pamper party. This is a fun idea for gender neutral baby shower themes. You can also do a spa day at someone’s home, setting up stations for nail painting, foot soaking, and maybe consider hiring a massage professional to come to the party. An at-home spa party could probably accommodate more guests, especially since the pamper party can quickly become expensive at a real spa and salon.

Decorate a Onesie Party
This cute idea gives your guests and the mom-to-be a chance to be creative and celebrate the upcoming birth of the baby. You’ll need white cotton onesies in different sizes (newborns grow out of them quickly), fabric paint, glitter, fabric stamps, rickrack, and any other embellishment you can think of. At the party, let everyone decorate the onesies to their hearts’ content. After the party, your mom-to-be will have keepsakes that are useful and memorable. This party idea plays right into unisex baby shower themes, making it a popular and special choice when you don’t know if a little boy or little girl is on the way.

Baby Book Party
Instead of traditional baby shower gifts or even just instead of cards, ask guests to bring their favorite childhood book. They can also write a short note to baby in the book to make it really special. You can choose themes from a favorite childhood book series to help you plan the unisex baby shower, making sure the theme runs through the cake, decorations, and centerpieces. Guests will give baby a head start on his or her library, and they will also enjoy sharing memories of their favorite books.

Planning Tips for Gender Neutral Baby Shower Themes
You want everyone to have a good time, especially the mom-to-be, so try to keep the baby shower no longer than three hours in most cases. Keep the refreshments simple; cake, sandwiches, candies or cookies, and cocktails or wine are popular choices. Be sure to have mocktails for the mom-to-be and guests who don’t want to drink. Be creative with the decorations. For example use baby bottles, a diaper cake, and other items that can be used after the baby is born. Most of all, have fun!

Smirnoff Sorbet Light Vodka Review

Summer’s winding down, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a summer-y drink or three. Smirnoff features three fresh flavors in their Sorbet Light Line – Lemon, Mango Passion Fruit and Raspberry Pomegranate. I received all three to try and review. My verdict is that they are all fantastic!

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Five Fun Baking Parties for Adults

pink cookie sandwich baking partyBaking parties for adults can be a great deal of fun. You can get together with your friends, and have fun together by baking and decorating cakes and other baked goods. You can find a number of fantastic social ideas for baking parties. No matter what time of year it is, you are sure to find a party theme for baking that suits your needs.

Halloween Baking Party

Halloween is a fun occasion for kids and adults alike. A fun twist on a traditional Halloween party is a Halloween baking theme party. Instead of having a regular party on Halloween, you can host a baking party. You and your guests can bake cupcakes, muffins, and cakes, which are Halloween themed. For example, you could make jam filled cakes, cupcakes that feature ghosts, Frankenstein, and anything else that relates to Halloween. You should decorate your home and the baking area with a Halloween theme in mind, and you could even purchase Halloween themed baking accessories.

Healthy Themed Baking Party

While baked goods are delicious and baking parties are a lot of fun, they aren’t great if you are trying to stick to a healthy diet. However, baked goods don’t have to be completely unhealthy. You can make cakes using organic flour and wholemeal flour, as well as reduced fat products, fruits, grains, honey, and other healthy ingredients. If you and your friends are on a diet, then a healthy baking themed party can be a great idea. This type of party is ideal for a person’s birthday. You simply purchase healthier ingredients, such as dried fruits, whole grains, and wholemeal flour, and encourage your guests to make healthy yet tasty baked treats.

Christmas Baking Party

Christmas is the ideal time to host a baking theme party. You can invite your friends, family, and your neighbors to enjoy a fun Christmas party with a twist. You can purchase Christmas themed baking accessories and bake Christmas themed items, such as Santa cookies, gingerbread men, and cupcakes that feature Christmas themed subjects, such as reindeer and candy canes. It is a great way for you and your friends to have fun together and get into the holiday spirit.

Patriotic Baking Party

Whether it’s the fourth of July weekend or you are just feeling patriotic, a patriotic themed baking party can be a lot of fun. You can decorate your homes in red, white, and blue, and bake patriotic themed cupcakes and cakes. You could even purchase patriotic baking accessories for your guests to use when baking.

Picnic Themed Party

baking theme partyA picnic party theme for baking can be great fun on a sunny day. You can decorate your home in a picnic theme by using lots of decorations that feature gingham and checked print. Once you and your friends have baked some tasty treats, you can put them into cute picnic baskets and eat your baked treats on your lawn with your friends, washing them down with some lemonade or iced tea. You will not only have fun baking with your friends, but you can also enjoy the fresh air and a picnic filled with baked goods.

Vegetarian BBQ Tips

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWho says that grilling is just about burgers and ribs? You can just as easily grill tofu, tomatoes, peppers, and other tasty veggies to create a light and healthy meal for everyone to enjoy. It’s the perfect food for those hot summer days. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, a vegetarian barbecue is the most natural choice. Meat lovers may also accept the idea since it’s nice change from the usual all-meat grill menu. Grab an apron, get that grill out of the garage, and pay attention, because we are about to give you some delicious vegetarian BBQ tips and recipes that will leave your mouth watering.

1. Stuffed BBQ peppers

These delicious peppers are guaranteed to impress all of your friends and family and keep them coming for more. Not only are they very easy to prepare, but their rich flavor and strong aroma will also make your mouth water as soon as you smell them. Stuff the peppers with a mix of rice, onions, mozzarella, and gorgonzola, and then grill them for 15-20 minutes, turning them lightly until they get a nice brown color. Vegans can create their own cheese substitutes with tofu “ricotta” or agar. Serve the peppers with some mashed potatoes or pasta as a side dish and you’ve got yourself an ideal light summer lunch!

2. All-veggie grill platter

Looking for some inspiration for a light veggie lunch, you check your kitchen and see you have some asparagus, carrots, and onions. “What can I make of these?”, you think. Well, why don’t you grill them all and create a tasty BBQ veggie platter? The end result – everyone licking their fingers and rubbing their bellies in satisfaction after a delicious meal. Don’t just stop at these tasty vegetables; take whatever you got stored and just throw them in the mix – you just can’t go wrong! The whole thing takes only 15-20 minutes and the fascinated compliments you receive from your friends while they eat it will definitely make your day. Toss with some olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Have fun and be creative.

3. Grilled eggplant salad

This summertime dish is an absolute must for every green lover and it will make your mouth explode with delight with the first bite. The entire meal takes about 45 minutes to prepare and is very simple. Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds, sprinkle them with salt and olive oil, and grill them for 5-10 minutes while preparing the dressing that consists of oil, vinegar, tomato, garlic, and paprika all mixed in a blender. Pour this over the eggplant, toss some green salad and cheese (or cheese substitute if you’re a vegan), and voila! Lunch is served. Not only is this dish very low cal but it’s also extremely healthy and very light to eat in these extreme hot days.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOf course, all grilled food tastes a whole lot better with a dip. Create your own tasty vegetarian dips in just a few minutes and store them in the refrigerator for the next time you need to use them. All you need is a blender and a creative mind – take your favorite greens, blend them together for a minute or two and you’re all set! The possibilities truly are endless. After giving you all these tasty vegetarian recipes and tips, all we have to say is: have fun grilling and bon apetite!

Graduation Sentiments, Messages, and Congratulatory Remarks for Cards

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For many college and high school students, graduation is right around the corner. Some students have already processed and tossed their caps high, while others may still be struggling through finals. Whatever the case, this time of year is a very special time for the new graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. For some, it may involve exciting new jobs while others may stress over the scant job market. Some may look to get engaged and marry their sweethearts while others may still look for that special someone, or simply take some time to explore the world themselves.

When it comes time to congratulate the special graduates in your life, a heartfelt graduation message in a greeting card, especially a handwritten graduation note or sentiment, can mean a lot more than the poetic words of Hallmark. Take some time to write a personal message to your favorite graduates this year.

Here are a few ideas and examples to consider as you ponder sentimental graduation messages to share with those you love.

Graduation Messages for a Son or Daughter

Consider these tips on writing a special graduation message to your daughter or son:

– Talk about how you’ve watched your son or daughter grow from a baby or child to a young man or young woman, how you’ve watched their successes and look forward to what the future holds.

– Share sentiments of how proud you are of your child’s achievements and how you are excited for all that is to come.

– Look back on positives from your child’s life so far and express how blessed you are to have him or her in your life. Be sure to say “I love you”!

Congratulatory Sentiments on Graduation for a Grandchild

The graduation of a granddaughter or grandson is a momentous occasion. Share your feelings with a special message for your graduating grandchild.

– Express how special it is for you to see one of your grandchildren walk across the stage to receive a diploma, and how you’ve been cheering them on all along.

– Share sentiments of your love and affection for your grandchild.

– Reminisce about a special memory the two of you share.

– Offer words of encouragement regarding the future and all the wonderful things to come.

Graduation Thoughts and Wishes for a Boyfriend or Girlfriend (or Fiancé / Fiancée)…

 


A Look at the Acase Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker by Yantouch

Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker Product Review

Sometimes you just don’t know what to get someone for Christmas, birthday, or any other special occasion. Some people are just too difficult to shop for, no matter what the occasion. Thankfully, every once in a while, a special gift item comes out on the market, making it so much easier to check those people off your shopping list. I found Acase’s Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker by Yantouch to be the perfect item to fit the bill.

I originally purchased one of these for my brother’s Christmas present when I first learned of these cool music gadgets that interact with your smartphone. More recently, I received one of my own from the company to test and check out for the purpose of this review. The Bluetooth speaker actually lights up with ambient lighting or pulses to the beat of the music—totally too cool to let it pass you by. The Black Diamond III comes with a small remote controller that fits sleekly into a tiny opening in the back of the speaker. Use this remote to change the music, volume, and light settings.

The BlackDiamond 3 (BD3) by Yantouch, introduced by Acase, sparkles and shines just like its namesake, and creates the ideal mood for any setting and any mood you choose. Play some pulsating music like Schism by TOOL and enjoy the “music you can see” as the speaker syncs with the tempo, or play something more melodic and easy going like David Gray’s Sail Away for a relaxing light show of the flowing style of music.

The speaker is shaped like a diamond; its base is black and the upper half is angled and faceted with bright LED lighting inside. The construction is sturdy yet sleek, and this item looks and feels of great quality. The bottom of the speaker features two clear left/right 3Wx2 stereo speakers as well as a resonant bass tube. Visually, the speaker is capable of displaying up to 16,000,000 colors according to product documentation (Are our eyes even capable of seeing this many shades?? Wow!).

BD3 also features a buiGifts for dads and grads, ambient lighting bluetooth speakerlt-in equalizer for improving audio response and the ability to choose multi-color special effects, like Rainbow, Aurora, or Purple. We tested our Android smartphones and found the speaker very convenient to pair with our devices. (The Bluetooth is auto-pairing and auto-linking and works without the need for a password.) YouTube, Pandora, and even cell phone conversations transmit easily and quickly over the Bluetooth speaker. (So be sure you aren’t paired if you hope to have a private conversation!) As a totally separate perk, it’s a very cool feature to try if you want to do a family conference call when many members are in the same location as the speaker.

Compatible with all Bluetooth devices, the BD3 speaker worked wonderfully with my HTC Sensation as well as my husband’s Samsung Galaxy S3. This device is outfitted with an AC adapter and a USB power cord and audio cable (combined), and though I’ve not tried it, I’ve heard that you can daisy chain the speaker so that it has even more power! Maybe not a widely known feature, but definitely worth noting!

As for the vibrant lighting show, our baby daughter loves it. She enjoys watching the colors switch through blends of millions of hues in the flowing mode as well as from one color to the next or in line with the tempo of the songs. We’ve begun using the Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker by Yantouch to help teach her the colors as well. By turning off the lights, the LED colors become even more vibrant and attractive, making it fun for the whole family. This item would be a great addition to any home for ambient lighting and music mood setting, but also as an attractive accent in a place of business such as a fitness studio.

The Acase Yantouch Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker would be the perfect gift for dads and grads this season, especially for those who never want anything special and the ones who already seem to have everything. The speaker’s MSRP is $120. You can get the speaker at http://www.apluscase.com.tw or on Amazon.com for just $99 – I paid $120 for the one I got for my brother around Christmas, so don’t miss this great deal !